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How Quickbase is Helping Businesses Navigate New Complex SEC Regulations

Written By: Ray Waldron
March 20, 2024
6 min read

Businesses today need to be agile in the face of changing regulations and new Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards. As sustainability has become a critical business metric, businesses are improving their approach towards ESG prioritization practices.

Incorporating ESG principles not only resonates with ethical values but also aligns with long-term profitability. Companies integrating ESG factors into their strategies are better positioned to mitigate risks, enhance brand reputation, and attract socially responsible investors. This shift towards sustainable practices reflects a growing recognition of the interconnectedness between business success and societal well-being.

The way ESG priorities are reported on is set to change this year, with the passage of the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) monumental new climate change rule. This new set of standards will be the largest regulatory undertaking in the US, and stands to alter the financial landscape, supercharging ESG with new data disclosure mandates. Here we'll take a look at how Quickbase can help businesses understand the new changes and the profound effects they will have on ESG reporting and governance.

Setting the Tone with the SEC's Climate Change Rule

The SEC's Climate Change Disclosure Rule unfurls a new set of expectations. Companies are directed to disclose a sweep of climate-related information in their filings, a stride that marks the single most significant step by a U.S. regulator to reflect the possibility that climate change could fundamentally alter the value of companies.

On March 6, 2024, the SEC issued a final rule mandating climate-related disclosures in annual reports starting from 2025 for certain filers. The rule differs from the proposed one by reducing disclosure requirements, excluding Scope 3 GHG emissions, and allowing more time for implementation.

Disclosures required beyond financial statements include:

  • For large-accelerated filers and accelerated filers, material Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, subject to assurance requirements that will be phased-in
  • Governance and oversight of material climate-related risks
  • The material impact of climate risks on the company’s strategy, business model, and outlook
  • Risk management processes for material climate-related risks
  • Material climate targets and goals

The purview of this rule is broad, spanning from the current state of affairs, future prospects, and how sustainability factors into their business model. Noteworthy is the requirement that companies detail the actual and potential financial impacts of climate change on their business operations, strategy, and outlook. This disclosure is vast, spanning energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and risk management approaches, offering investors both a microscope and a telescope into the climate risks faced by a business.

Managing Data and Regulatory Compliance

Beyond the capital market impacts, the SEC rule also puts the spotlight on oversight, with a renewed focus on risk outside of just financial disclosures. Businesses, in turn, will funnel this regulatory focus upstream, building up ESG strategies that comply with new regulations while still innovating. The rule pushes corporations to the precipice of productive transformation, where ESG compliance is no longer a laborious administrative task, but a catalyst for enduring change.

This shift pivots around the centrality of data. ESG reporting — a domain fraught with challenges in quality, volume, and fragmentation — now faces an overhaul that mandates data accuracy and accessibility akin to financial disclosures. The new regulations may pose challenges, but technology can act as a key tool in adhering to these new standards, streamlining processes and offering a harbor for a cohesive ESG reporting strategy.

Exploring the Spectrum of ESG Reporting

The landscape of ESG reporting evolves continuously as regulatory frameworks expand to encompass a broader scope. These perspectives delve into assessing a company's environmental footprint, social responsibilities towards stakeholders, and the ethical standards governing its operations. Embracing this multifaceted approach not only fosters transparency but also bolsters corporate credibility by aligning organizational values with regulatory requirements, thereby fostering trust and sustainability in the business ecosystem.

This goes beyond the mere content of ESG reporting. The narrative conveyed by a company's ESG disclosures should not only be precise, but also engaging and indicative of advancement. It unites stakeholders around a shared declaration of purpose, reinforcing the idea that a company's value goes beyond financial statements.

Tackling ESG Regulation Challenges

For businesses looking to be line with the SEC's evolving regulatory environment, Quickbase’s platform can help meet compliance requirements and achieve their ESG initiatives. Its Dynamic Work Management platform assists companies in sailing through the complexities with data efficiency and operational effectiveness.

For example, one area Quickbase is primed to help businesses in is with the recent Building Safety Act in the UK. Part of the law requires businesses in the commercial real estate sector to provide a ‘Golden Thread of Information’ to all tenants – a place where all pertinent information about building safety is stored and accessed. This law was put in place after a disastrous fire in a high-rise residential building, where key safety information wasn’t easily accessible. Quickbase’s Dynamic Work platform enables builders to track each step of compliance with the Golden Thread, and gives tenants peace of mind that critical building data can be accessed, even in an emergency.

This tracking process is similar to tracking Scope 1-3 emissions. Workflow automation and real-time data tracking give businesses an instant snapshot into where they stand on curbing these emissions. Using data visualization tools, they can make better-informed decisions on next steps and what they need to do to stay in line with current regulations.

As a centralized platform for ESG data, Dynamic Work Management provides a unified framework that goes beyond basic data collection. This approach not only enhances visibility into a company's ESG strategies but also offers real-time access to data that influences not just compliance but also distinguishes the company as a leader in the ESG space. By leveraging Quickbase, organizations can navigate the intricate landscape of ESG with precision and agility, setting new standards for sustainable practices and transparency in the business world.


The introduction of the SEC's final rule on climate-related disclosures marks a pivotal shift in the business world, steering companies towards a more transparent and responsible model. This regulation not only elevates the importance of ESG factors in investment decisions but also underlines the critical role of technology in achieving compliance and fostering sustainable practices.

By compelling companies to disclose their climate-related risks and strategies, the SEC is not just reshaping the landscape of financial reporting but also encouraging a broader commitment to sustainability. Platforms like Quickbase emerge as vital tools in this transition, enabling organizations to manage their ESG data with greater precision and efficiency. Quickbase is currently leveraging its Dynamic Work Management platform to develop a standalone app for businesses to track each step of their ESG goals and to see where they stand on the road to compliance. Ultimately, this shift towards comprehensive ESG reporting promises to grow corporate responsibility, improve ESG reporting, and pave the way for a more sustainable future.

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Written By: Ray Waldron

Ray Waldron is an Associate Content Marketing Manager at Quickbase.